People of Kashmir caught between two maximalist positions: Chidambaram

Srinagar

Former finance minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday took to twitter to stress on the prevailing instability in the Kashmir Valley and blamed the Centre for aggravating the problem by taking “a maximalist position.”

“On many occasions in the past I had cautioned that the Kashmir issue or problem (or by whatever name it is called) was a festering wound. The people of the Kashmir Valley are caught between the two maximalist positions. Just as the militants have taken a maximalist position that has to be rejected out of hand. The Central government has taken a maximalist position that has aggravated the problem. The casualties are the people of J&K (especially those in the Valley) and the future of the state,” Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.

The congress leader’s tweets come a day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pointed out that the instability in the Valley is not due to a lack of law and order, but due to few external dimensions, while also urging the entire nation to come together to resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The instability in J-K is due to external dimensions, where our neighbouring country is also involved. There are internal dimensions too and they have been there for the past 70 years. I think these issues will only get resolved if all the parties come together and the entire nation stands together as they are doing in the matter of China,” she said.

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